Friday, November 27, 2009

Wolf Kisses

(c) Misty DawnS

The end is drawing near on my visit with my dad, the family, and that beautiful wolf in the photo. *sigh* I'm going to miss them. This morning, it was a wolf kiss on the cheek that woke me up and made me instantly smile first thing in the morning. He's addicting, I tell ya. He's not spoiled at all, just has us all well trained. Yep, I'm gonna miss Dad, the family, and those wolf kisses and hugs.

I'll be back to regularly blogging soon, and it will be time to decorate the blogs for Christmas!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Looking at the Sky on Friday *Blue Beyond the Barb*

WooHooo! It's Friday! Not only is it the end of the work week for most people, it's also time for the fun and wonderful meme where we spend our time Looking at the Sky on Friday! (Click on the badge to join in the fun!)

(c) Misty DawnS

You probably don't wanna ask. It just caught my eye. You see, barbed wire is a big part of a farmer's life out here, and when I was climbing over a gate, this piece of wire caught my eye. The silver barb against the blue sky said something to me, and it called to the photographer in me. So, I, of course, photographed it. It's just what I do.

Maybe I need to buy me a motorhome, get some motorhome insurance, and travel the country looking for other things to photograph. I must admit that traveling the country with Hubs, the dogs, and the camera really sounds awesome!

My Co-Worker is Obsessed... With Black Friday

My office partner is absolutely crazy about Christmas. O.K., a LOT of people are crazy about Christmas, but this girl is absolutely obsessed with Black Friday. I am not exaggerating here. She.Is.Obsessed. I think she dreams about Black Friday. For real.

She has even taken the time to train some fellow co-workers on what they need to do to prepare the proper strategy and then carry out that strategy on Black Friday. Seriously - when it comes to Black Friday, she's that good. I tell her that she could start a business as a Black Friday Consultant and Counselor.

Do you get up early and fight the crowds to get the good deals on Black Friday? Are you going this year? What deals are you looking for this year - computers? appliances? jewelry? toys? Inquiring minds want to know... especially since I'll be sleeping in. Hey, if I give you my list, will you pick up my stuff too?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Camera-Critters #84

(c) Misty DawnS

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Looking at the Sky on Friday *The Urge to Howl*

WooHooo! It's Friday! Not only is it the end of the work week for most people, it's also time for the fun and wonderful meme where we spend our time Looking at the Sky on Friday! (Click on the badge to join in the fun!)

(c) Misty DawnS

Is it just me, or do you also get the strong urge to howl when you see this photo? I'm talking the throw your head back and just let loose with a long mournful howl urge. No? O.K. fine, I guess it's just me then. I've probably spent too much time with my dad's wolfdog. He communicates, he talks, and, yes, he howls, and it's one of the most beautiful and intimate things I've ever heard in my life. My Hubs has been known to say, "I could sit and listen to him do that all day!" I doubt he ever howls about st lucia, but I guess only other wolves really know for sure. So, I guess a few of the wolfdog's traits have rubbed off on me, because, I look at this photo, and I feel like howling!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wordful Wednesday *Grass Addiction*

Wordful Wedneday
(for those of us who can't keep our fingers quiet)

(c) Misty DawnS

I have a bit of an obsession with this grass. O.K. fine. It's a serious obsession. Yes, I admit I have some serious issues... I've never denied that, ya know. This section of grass is back by my backyard pond, and every single time I walk back there, I'm drawn to this section of grass. It fascinates the photographer in me. I photograph it blowing in the wind. I photograph it against the sunset. I photograph it against a bright blue sky. I photograph it against a cloudy sky. Yep, it's obviously an obsession. I guess this gives "being addicted to 'grass'" a whole new meaning, eh? ahahahaha I'm like someone addicted to food who needs a diet supplement. However, I'm not sure if I'm willing to give up this obsession... it's too much fun! The photographer in me loves it!

Ruby Tuesday *Dancing Light*

(c) Misty DawnS

I'm gonna have to get more creative with my Ruby Tuesday posts. Otherwise, you are all going to get sick of seeing red leaves. LOL In fact, both of my Ruby Tuesday posts for this week are of red leaves. *sigh* Hey, you have to admit that they are pretty! This scene caught my eye because of the way the lighting was. I liked how the sun was shining through the leaves of the trees and highlighting portions of these red leaves. The wind was blowing, so not only were these leaves swaying, but the leaves in the trees were moving, which would alter the way the sunlight was coming through. So, this photo required quite a bit of patience.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Online Printing for Small Business

Many of you know that I would like to do some freelance photography to gain some extra income. Also, many of you know that I work three jobs, but I'm not sure that I've ever really discussed my being a Virtual Assistant. I probably haven't discussed it much, because I only have one client right now. I am the Virtual Assistant for the attorney whom I worked for when I lived in Ohio. The situation works out wonderfully for both of us. In fact, it works so well, that I wish I could find more clients like him. If I had enough Virtual Assistance clients, I would be able to work from home and save a heck of a lot of money on fuel and save a lot of wear and tear on my vehicle.

In order to get more clients though, I would need to promote myself... a LOT... and then some more. I would need to have some brochure printing done to help explain to the prospective client what Virtual Assistance is and how it could benefit the client. Of course, my current VA client would absolutely sing my praises to any prospective client, but I would need to sing my own praises too. That's where I tend to have trouble. I'm very good at what I do, and once given the chance to do some work for someone, the work speaks for itself. However, it's that initial 'selling myself' that I have trouble with.

In addition to my promoting myself, I would also need to do mass mailings, post fliers, and of course, have some great business cards. I would definitely choose an online printing company for my small business printing needs. Anyone working on building a small business also works at keeping start-up costs down, and online printing through a company such as PsPrint is a less expensive solution than pricey print shops.

Now, if I just had the marketing skills (and self confidence) to get out there and promote myself and my work! Maybe once I have my website development certificate and can add website design to my list of services... maybe then I'll be ready to promote myself more. We'll see.

Mourning Appliances

Ugh. Our desktop computer died last night.
No, really... it's dead. There's no life support available for it. It's a lost cause.
It lived a good nine years, and we treated it well during that time.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. So, Hubs went to the basement and brought up the old computer that we had before the now deceased computer.
However, that didn't work either, as that computer is so old it doesn't even have an ethernet connection. *sigh*
Hubs also informed me that his cordless drill, which he uses constantly for work, died on Friday. Another appliance died too, but right now I forget what it was.
So, there's the three...
You see, my BFF and I used to notice that things regularly happened to us in threes. I didn't realize that it applied to dying appliances too, but apparently it does.
Poor, poor appliances.
You served us well.
You will be greatly missed... more than you know!
(UGH - I need an interim desktop computer!!!)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Camera-Critters #83

(c) Misty DawnS
Last weekend, while out on a walk, I managed to capture this Red Bellied Woodpecker with a berry or some sort of nut in its mouth. I really like this photo, because I feel like I captured a moment rather than just a portrait. Does that make any sense?

We are supposed to have beautiful weather this weekend, so I'm going to try to take advantage of it and enjoy it as much as I can! I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Looking at the Sky on Friday *Flying South*

WooHooo! It's Friday! Not only is it the end of the work week for most people, it's also time for the fun and wonderful meme where we spend our time Looking at the Sky on Friday! (Click on the badge to join in the fun!)

(c) Misty DawnS

Well, I guess somebody sent these guys a notice telling them it was time. Time for cooking turkey, then decorating artificial christmas trees and hanging lights, and time for... cold weather and snow (UCK!). I was surprised last weekend when these guys flew over my head squawking the whole way, as if they were telling me goodbye for now... until we meet again next year. I had figured they had all flew south already, but apparently I was wrong. So, I gave them a wave and told them I'd miss them and that I wished I could head to warmer weather with them. hehe They weren't in a "V" formation though... just a line of geese flying in the sky. I've got news for them though - it's supposed to be almost 70 degrees on Saturday!!! WoooooHooooo That makes me a VERY happy girl!

If you're are interested in this fun and awesome meme, just click on the badge at the top of the post and join us. Don't forget to gather up your critter photos and join Camera-Critters this weekend!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

True Colours Thursday *Canary Yellow*

True Colours Thursday is a fun meme hosted at the blog appropriately titled "My True Colours". Click on the badge to join in on the fun!

This week's color prompt is:
Canary Yellow
(c) Misty DawnS

I've been getting into taking photos of the changing leaves lately. Something I never really photographed before, but the colors keep catching my eye this year. So, whenever something catches my eye, I photograph it, whether it be animals, tractors, a cemetery gate (yes, I have lots of those photos), or even an interesting rock... and, yes, now we add leaves to that list.

On thing I do NOT care for about this time of year is the time change. I must admit that the time change this year seems to be affecting me more than it ever has in previous years. It is just very depressing to me to literally watch the entire process of the sun setting during my drive home (my drive home is 45 minutes). To me, the sun setting signifies the end of my day. I guess this is because I prefer to be outside, and if it's dark, I'm not outside. So, now, after leaving work, I feel like my day is over, when earlier I'd still have a couple hours of daylight left. Oh well, I shouldn't complain... I just miss having a little bit of daylight left after getting home from work. I guess this just means I'll have to appreciate and take advantage of the weekends even more!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wordful Wednesday with Corny Captions to Consider

Wordful Wedneday
(for those of us who can't keep our fingers quiet)

(c) Misty DawnS

Corny Captions to Consider:
"The Cow Police"
"Angus Toll Booth"
"Let's Talk Dirty"
"Angus Hitchhiker"
"You Drive, I'll Hoof it"
"I'm Nosy"
"You interrupted My Facial"
"The Bulls are Hosting Mud Wrestling in the Other Field"
"I Stand Out in My Field"
"It Takes A Lot To Stay This Gorgeous"
"Moooove Along Now"
"Go Ahead, Rub My Nose In It!"
"Muddy Hair - It's The New Trend"
"I Got Tired of Looking Like Every Other Angus Girl, Do You Like It?"

So... are you ready for the holidays? It's officially November now!!! I was browsing the internet today and found several Amazon books on Photoshop CS4 that are going on my holiday wish list... what's on your wish list?
(Click on the link at the top of this post to join in on the fun!)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Ruby Tuesday *Berry Inspirational*

Photography is my true passion, as most of you know. However, sometimes, when my life gets busy or I start fighting a bit of depression (like when the weather is changing), I put "my" things or "my" time on the bottom of the priority list. This, of course, leads to even deeper depression, because I'm not doing what I love.

With the weather changing, I feel a bit of that depression creeping upon me. So, I need to find some inspiration to push me to get out there and do what I love.

That's why memes are so wonderful. They challenge me and inspire me and cause me to go 'looking' for a photograph. It's therapeutic. So, I've decided to join the Ruby Tuesday meme. Will I have something red to post each week? I don't know - but it's a challenge, and it's going to be fun.

So, here is my first Ruby Tuesday contribution.
(c) Misty DawnS

What do you need inspiration in? Is it tackling a big project, losing weight or finding the top weight loss pills, making a big decision, taking the first step towards a big change?

How do you find your inspiration?

(Click on the graphic at the top of this post to join this fun meme)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Macro Monday *Glistening Wishes*

I'm SO glad to find the time and be playing Macro Monday again! I LOVE macro photography, so I really, really enjoy this meme.

When I get certain photos, I think "Hmmm, that will be perfect for Macro Monday!" Unfortunately, lately, my photography, and especially my blogging has taken a backseat when things at my full-time job got very hectic. I was putting in extra hours there, coming home and doing my second job, and by dinner time, I was exhausted.

Anyway, enough of my whining. The photo below is one of those photos I took and thought it would be 'perfect for the Macro Monday meme'.

(c) Misty DawnS

When I was young, we would catch these milkweed seeds, close our eyes and make a wish, and then blow the seed back into the air.

Have you ever made a wish on a milkweed seed or a dandelion? Did your wish come true? What would you wish for now?

Go ahead. Close your eyes, and make a wish. Wish for a dream come true, best acne treatment, a sunny day, to find true love - Now, blow your wish into the sky.

Here's hoping your wish comes true. ;-)

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